MEC 'sorry' for baby mix-up11/08/2002 16:36 - (SA)
Mafikeng - North West health MEC Molefi Sefularo has once again apologised to the parents of two children who were swapped
shortly after being born at Brits Hospital two years ago.
He said in a statement on Sunday his department was in continuous contact with the families and had offered to assist them
with counselling and psychological support.
According to the City Press one of the twins of Queen Nkada was mistakenly swapped with Tsholofelo Mogale's baby.
The women - both from Letlhabile in Brits, north of Pretoria - raised the babies for 15 months. They only realised in November
last year, after bumping into each other, that they had each other's babies.
Sefularo said that as soon as became aware of the incident, he summoned the two health workers, who were assumed to have
been responsible for this incident, to Mafikeng to get first-hand information on exactly what went wrong.
After the meeting, the MEC decided that a case of gross negligence should be investigated as it appeared that the new-born
babies had not been labelled at the hospital.
He said the department had started internal disciplinary proceedings and an investigating officer as well as a presiding
officer had been appointed.
"The department is keeping in constant contact with the families and their legal representatives, and we look forward to
an amicable and constructive resolution of this matter," Sefularo said.
The two families plan to sue the province for damages.